A power strip is a good device to save you when the power goes down but what if you face continuous power surges in your area? The electrical appliances are very sensitive and can only stand up to few fluctuations, therefore a good power supply system in the form of UPS is a must for your appliances. Computer systems do require good and uninterrupted power to keep running. However in Pakistan, we have intense power shortage and surge issues, therefore having a good UPS becomes of pioneer importance. Here we are sharing a few tips on how to find a right UPS system for your computer?
Uninterrupted Power Supply VS Power Strip:
The uninterrupted power supply is a lot different than a stand power strip that you use in your home. Where a power strip can only provide backup, it does not save your computer from surge or fluctuation. On the other hand, a UPS system could not only provide backup with the help of a battery but it also can provide safety against surges and line issues that can severely damage your computers. Now that you know what is the difference between a power strip and a UPS? Now take a step forward to know how to select the right one for your computer system.
There are a series of questions that one needs to ask himself while choosing a power backup system for their computer system. Here are a few important properties that you should see in the UPS system to buy.
Why do I need the UPS?
The very first and foremost important question in this regard is to know what is your need with the UPS? Do you need a UPS to save yourself form power cuts? Or you suffer heavy power surges in your area and you want to save your computer from electricity surges? Where the need changes, the right option also changes with it. Therefore, it is extremely important that you know what is your need with the UPS? A low-cost battery power backup system could work just fine if you are looking to solve power break options. On the other hand, people fighting surges will need UPS with advanced features. Therefore it is important that you exactly know what is your need with the UPS.
Do you want to run other devices too?
While looking for the right UPS system for your computer, it is very important to know if you want to run other appliances too on the single unit. If this is the case, you might need a bigger battery and bigger capacity uninterrupted power supply system. On the other hand, if you are just looking for a UPS for computer, a low cost and low power backup system may just work fine with you.
It is an important consideration to make because a low capacity UPS might put hurdles and may cause a huge damage to your whole system. So, a quick decision is not recommended rather you should be calm and responsible to find a better device for your computer.
What is your budget?
Budget is the most important constraint. Most of the time people take a decision being under the influence of low price. This could become a drastic decision and may cost you heavily in the future. If you are looking for a cheap system, you must know that the cheap systems do not offer excellence and electronic appliances are very sensitive. So, do not fool yourself by saving one time charges and then having to pay far more in the form of equipment failure or maintenance charges in the future. Therefore, cost should be the priority but do not make it the most important threshold, if important data and equipment are at stake, you should not cut cost.
Types of UPS you may be looking for?
Though there are many sizes of UPS systems available in the market, the most frequently used types are only three. These frequently used types are available in different capacities, so you can choose according to your needs. Let’s have a look at these certain types:
This is the most frequently used UPS system in homes and small offices. If you are looking for cheap and good quality UPS for your computer, this might be a good choice. This type of system stores current in the battery and uses when the power goes down.
Line Interactive UPS:
Line interactive UPS uses a special transformer to fight the issues of the surge and voltage fluctuations. So, if the power surge is your main issue this one is for you.
Online UPS constantly provides power to the computer through the battery. It does not pass current directly to the computer. These type of UPS systems are the most expensive.